Lost Gardens of Heligan


Heligan, Pentewan, Cornwall, PL26 6EN
Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan, St Austell


Unveiled in 1992 from under decades of overgrowth, the Lost Gardens of Heligan were restored on a shoestring budget and hailed by The Times as “…the garden restoration of the century”. Today the mysterious gardens and estate offer over 200 acres for exploration.  The history and story of the birth is indeed fascinating and you can learn all about it during your visit.

Winner of the European Garden Awards for the Best Development of a Historic Park or Garden in 2014, a Gold Winner at the 2014/15 Cornwall Tourism Awards, and awards from VisitEngland and Cornwall Today, these romantic gardens are deservedly rewarded and enjoyed by thousands of tourists, and local people, every year.

Discover Victorian productive gardens and pleasure grounds along winding paths laid out over two centuries ago. Step back in time and journey across the world beneath the historic rhododendron boughs of Sikkim, beside Maori-carved tree ferns in New Zealand, to explore our Italian garden and Alpine inspired ravine.  Giant rhubarb, banana plantations and tunnels of towering bamboo are a true delight and a great adventure for children. This exuberant garden hosts a riot of luxuriant foliage, outstanding trees and inspiring views, drawing the imagination on a journey far from our temperate shores.

Well known and most frequently pictured in the media are The Giant’s Head, Mud Maid and Grey Lady, to be discovered along   the woodland walk where they reveal themselves, emerging gently from the undergrowth, in a beautiful natural landscape.

Heligan also hosts a range of events throughout the year, including various events for children during schools holidays like woodland trails, Knee High Theatre and The Lost Summer, as well as events for all ages which include woodland walks and wild food walks.  Heligan is also a popular wedding venue, with three sites across the gardens are licensed for civil ceremonies, including the historic Melon Yard, the romantic Italian Garden and the ancient Cob Room in the Steward’s House.

Ancient woodlands and grazed pastures are managed to promote wildlife, which is celebrated at our pioneering wildlife project, offering an intimate view of native fauna.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
2 adults & up to 3 children - discount via us£36.00 per ticket
2 adults & up to 3 children - on the door£40.00
Adult - discount ticket via Enjoy! Fowey£13.70 per person per day
Adult - on the door£15.00
Child (5-17) - discount tickets via Enjoy! Fowey£6.25 per person per day
Child (5-17) - on the door£7.00
Children under 5Free
Student - discount ticket via Enjoy! Fowey£7.85 per person per day
Student - on the door£9.00 per person per day

Call in to our shop and buy your discounted tickets:-
Enjoy! Fowey, 5 South Street, Fowey, PL23 1AR
You can use them any day!


Map & Directions

Road Directions

Whichever is your direction of approach, please travel via St Austell. We recommend that you do not use the country lanes to reach us. From the M5 - heading south join the A30 westbound at Exeter. At the Bodmin roundabout, take the A391 to St Austell. From Truro take the A390 to St Austell. From Newquay take the A3058 to St Austell. From St Austell / Eden Project take the B3273 towards Mevagissey and follow the brown tourist signs to “The Lost Gardens of Heligan”.The Lost Gardens are directly linked to National Cycle Network Route Number 3. This provides a safe, virtually traffic-free link to Mevagissey, Pentewan and St Austell.

Public Transport Directions

St. Austell is our nearest railway station. National Rail Enquiries can provide details of services on 08457 484950. Bus 471 runs a limited service from St Austell to Heligan.The bus stop is conveniently situated inside the Heligan car park. Air South West, Ryanair, Flybe, Lufthansa, Jet2 and Skybus airlines all fly into Newquay airport, 20 miles from Heligan. For service details contact Newquay Airport on 01637 860600.A seasonal ferry service operates between Fowey and Mevagissey, which is our nearest harbour and approximately 35mins walk from Heligan. For details contact Mevagissey Ferries on 07977 203394.